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1 Oxygen 1  
2 Oxygen2  
3 Oxygen3  
4 Oxygen-benefits  
5 Oxygen-articles    
6 Oxygen-metabolism 
7 Oxygen-therapies 

8 Oxygen-what-limits it   
9 Oxygen-history      
10 Oxygen-metabolism    
11 Oxygen-increase 
12 Oxygen-concentrator-factors 
13 Hyperbaric-oxygen-hard-chambers   
14 hyperbaric-oxygen-soft-chambers   
15 Exercise With Oxygen EWOT  
16 Oxygen Enhanced Exercise O2E2 
17 Oxygen Reservoir BAG
18 Oxidation, Inflammation, Antioxidants, Oxygenation

19 Addicted to Oxygen

Oxygen and Metabolism

Metabolism is defined as "taking food and converting it to energy". Our bodies need oxygen on a moment to moment basis. They will begin to rapidly deteriorate without adequate supply.  Efficiency of oxygen conversion into cellular energy is a key to the use of its energy; therefore oxygen has in effect its own metabolism. Oxygen is a lot like food.  

Improving oxygen intake, uptake, and assimilation is critical to the body’s energy and as an inhibitor to disease and decay. Movement invites need for more oxygen but to move uses up oxygen. To digest and assimilate food uses up oxygen. Probably every bodily function uses up oxygen in varying degrees. 

Muscular activity accelerates the rate of oxygen usage. Taking in large quantities of oxygen via large expenditures of physical effort can condition the organism to function with more efficiency; to be more durable. But this process often causes distress to the organism. Given no need to defend, durability does not ensure longevity. 

Where does the breathing come into play is the balance between stress and distress. A certain level of stress can be helpful and beyond that harmful. Is stress needed to ensure sufficient oxygen metabolism? Depends on the physical activity and level of skill or endurance required; Slaying dragons yes; walking in the sunshine, much less so. 

As the activity increases in stress towards distress we need the breathing to stay deep and easy even more and more. Why is that? 

Stress can condition but that is not the key to longevity Stress that conditions is most often harmful. Maximum energy intake with minimal energy. If stress and conditioning helped the organism survive then why do athletes not live to at least 120. The key to the healthiest conditions from a longevity standpoint is that the way we breathe is our primary stress modulator expenditure is the key to longevity. Dynamics of living often require action. There is an oxygen cost of living.

This implies that balance might be extremely relevant. Balance between depth, ease and smoothness of breathing and cellular replenishment; ease, flow and regeneration.

Moderate stress can require the organism to adapt to higher requirements. Taking in as much oxygen as possible with the minimal expenditure of oxygen can aid to oxygen usage efficiency/metabolism.

“Physical training and practice increases ventilitory threshold, anaerobic threshold and mechanical efficiency” 1 but it does not ensure longevity.

“Regular body movement with increased breathing action aids to adaptation toward increased functional efficiency in the uptake and utilization of oxygen from the blood”1. Fast movement will condition to acting fast. Slow movement will condition to acting slow. Fast is more stressful then is slow to moderate. Faster movement requires faster breathing. Slow movement allows for slower breathing. Metabolizing our oxygen food takes a certain amount of time. Most of us do not take the time to breathe.

Optimal Breathing development programs require little to no movement, are done most often slowly and therefore provide significantly high efficiencies in building oxygen reserves and aiding in oxygen metabolism.

Here are my list of priorities in my order of importance. You  can also create your own program from this list or choose from several programs listed at the end of this page.

Rapid Breathing-Improvement

2. Building Healthy Lungs Naturally

3a. Breathe For Energy

3b. Breathe For Relaxation

4. Fortify your entire biological system

5. Supplement with vitamins

6. Secrets of Optimal Breathing

7. Optimize your drinking water

8. Study the Breath

I have created several money saving programs tied in to specific health, personal growth or performance themes.

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